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Saccharum giganteum

Common Name(s):
Sugarcane, Sugarcane Plumegrass
Categories:
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
Comment:

A native ornamental grass known as sugarcane in the Poaceae family. Tolerates air pollution and being planted near black walnut trees.  Can grow 15'-20' tall in tropical areas but typically grow to 8' outside the tropics. Has large arching leaf blades with sharp edges. Can be planted as a specimen or in large groups.

Sugarcane Plumegrass is a perennial grass that reaches 8 feet in height when in bloom. Long, narrow, alternate leaves are located mostly on the lower stem; long white hairs are present at the base of the leaves. Golden plumes appear in fall at the top of tall, erect stems.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Deer resistance is high. Privides cover year round. Host plant for the Clouded Skipper butterfly. Seeds eaten sparingly by songbirds.

Height:
5-8 ft.
Zones:
9-10
Habit:
Deciduous
Exposure:
Full sun
Inflorescence:
Large, white and fluffy
Tags:
cover, seed, air pollution, deciduous, specimen, birds, wildlife, black walnut, host, winter interest, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 3164

Saccharum giganteum Inflorescence
Thamizhpparithi Maari, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Saccharum giganteum Stalks